Spotlight Writing Challenge – Haiku or Senryū – Micro-Season: ‘The Chicken Lays Her First Eggs’ – Prompt Reference Focus ‘on a first of the year.’ – Hosted by Mark S. @ Naturalist Weekly

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We have entered the micro-season of “The Chicken Lays Her First Eggs”. This is the third micro-season of the mini-season Major Cold. All the micro-seasons within Major Cold are:

These seasons were established in 1685 by Japanese astronomer Shibuka Shunkai and are specific to Japan. However, just because the calendar focuses on Japan doesn’t mean it isn’t applicable to others. No matter where you live you can use these seasons as a starting point for your personal exploration of the world around you.

To celebrate this season, we will learn about the connection between the chicken and the sun. Then we will read some seasonal haiku by Issa, Basho, Shiki, and Reichhold.


Chickens And The Sun

A chicken’s life…

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Poetry – Haiku – Glycine – A Collaborative Poem by Anita Bacha and Goff James

(PAINTING) (TITLE) (RAINBOW BODY GLYCINE)  (ARTIST) (DANIEL MARCOUX) (POEM) (GLYCINE) (POET) (ANITA BACHA) (GOFF JAMES)

© Daniel Marcoux, Rainbow Body Glycine, 2022

Frozen winter sun
Wisteria trellis
Draped in icicles

Chill carved waterfall
A cliff face of white marble
The stream holds its breath

Poem Attribution – Anita Bacha – Goff James – Glycine

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Spotlight Photography – Floral Friday – FF#84 – Roses – A Photo by Bren @ Brashley Photography

BRASHLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

If you love roses, then Morden Hall is for you. Located in London and owned and maintained by the National Trust, there are rose beds galore. Ranging in different varieties and colour.

A photograph of white roses photographed at Morden Hall Park in London.

Camera Settings

Camera: Pansonic Lumix FZ48
Lens: n/a
F/Number: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Focal Distance: 84.1mm

Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec
Photograph Date: 29.08.2016
Location: Morden Hall Park, London
Photographer: Bren
Software: Adobe Lightroom Classic


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Spotlight Writing Challenge – Haiku or Senryū – Micro-Season: “The Mountain Stream Freezes Over” – Prompt Reference ‘frozen water in any form’ – Hosted by Mark S. @ Naturalist Weekly

Naturalist Weekly

We have entered the micro-season of “The Mountain Stream Freezes Over”. This is the second micro-season of the mini-season Major Cold. All the micro-seasons within Major Cold are:

  • The Giant Butterbur Flowers (Jan. 21 – Jan 24)
  • The Mountain Stream Freezes Over (Jan 25 – Jan 29)
  • The Chicken Lays Her First Eggs (Jan 30 – Feb 03)

These seasons were established in 1685 by Japanese astronomer Shibuka Shunkai and are specific to Japan. However, just because the calendar focuses on Japan doesn’t mean it isn’t applicable to others. No matter where you live you can use these seasons as a starting point for your personal exploration of the world around you.

To celebrate this season, we will learn about what it takes for moving water to freeze, and then read haiku by Basho, Issa, and Shiki..


A Frozen Mountain Stream

All water will freeze when it reaches 32…

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Spotlight Photography – Northern Cardinal, Overcast Morning – A Photo by Steven Kessel @ Sonoran Images

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Photo Attribution © Steven Kessel, Northern Cardinal, Overcast Morning 2023

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